Dentures can cause uncertainty for many patients. How will I look? How will they feel? What will I be able to eat? There are different types of dentures. You can have a partial denture, which allows you to keep some of your teeth or a full denture, which will require all of your teeth to be removed. Dr. Bomstad or Dr. Karban will determine which type of denture you will need. If you are at the point of needing dentures, they will certainly improve your smile, help your confidence and aid in chewing! Dr. Karban and Dr. Bomstad will do a fantastic job with your dentures, but you have to remember you will still need time to get use to wearing dentures. Dentures will feel clunky at first, making it hard to speak and eat, so be patient. You will be able to eat your favorite foods with dentures, but some caution does need to be taken. For example, when eating popcorn, accidentally biting into a hull can do damage. Sticky candy can dislodge your dentures. It is recommended everyone avoid sticky candy, not just denture wearers. You may find when you are eating seeded breads or crackers, the seeds will get stuck under your denture. This isn’t very comfortable, so it might be easier to opt for plain breads and crackers instead. Peanut butter can be difficult to eat as well. Peanut butter tends to spread across your teeth, and it is difficult to use your tongue to wipe it off of the dentures. As you become accustom to your new set of teeth, not only will you feel more comfortable speaking, but you will be comfortable in your food choices too. You may think you don’t need to see the dentist anymore, especially if you have a full set of dentures, but that isn’t true. You still need to make regular visits to the dentist. Dr. Bomstad and Dr. Karban will make sure your dentures are still fitting correctly and make any necessary adjustments, do a cancer screening and clean your dentures in the ultrasonic with denture cleaner. Dentures usually last 7-10 years. At that point the acrylic needs relining due to tissue and bone shrinkage in your mouth. However, it is possible for dentures to last 15-30 if they are given proper care. If you would like a consultation with Dr. Bomstad or Dr. Karban, call 952-938-7746 or click HERE.